Notes on camote rituals in Leyte and Samar Islands, Philippines

Arens, Richard

Philippine Journal of Science 85(3): 343-347


In these islands, camote or sweet potato becomes the staple food in mountain places where rice does not grow well. This paper describes the rituals followed by the natives in preparing the field, the planting ceremony, and the harvesting. This ritual seems to be more or less an imitation of the rice ritual, but is less diversified. The uniformity and simplicity of the ritual tend to show that camote was introduced into the Philippines later than rice.